ExelixisNet, the global technology intelligence firm, has released new data on the point-to-multipoint (PMP) wireless backhaul equipment market, which confirms Cambridge Broadband Networks Ltd (CBNL) has consolidated its leading position with an average 50% market share in 2012.
The new data, released as part of ExelixisNet’s ‘PMP Wireless Backhaul Market for LTE and Small Cells’ report, also highlights the PMP backhaul equipment market is set for rapid growth with a significant five-fold increase over the next four years.
The growth, driven by mobile operators need for high capacity and efficient backhaul technologies for next generation mobile networks, will take the market to an estimated $500 million by 2017 according to the report.
‘The relentless demand for backhaul capacity is making mobile operators consider every possible option for high capacity, efficient and sustainable backhaul solutions. PMP matches well against these demands and it offers a viable and cost effective alternative to traditional wireless backhaul technologies,’ commented Elias Aravantinos, author of the report and ExelixisNet leading analyst.
‘The fact PMP can also be deployed quickly to deliver good quality of experience positions the technology well for next generation networks. We expect growing LTE deployments and the small cell evolution to drive significant growth in the PMP backhaul equipment market over the years to come,’ said Aravantinos.
The report also validates the leading position of CBNL’s VectaStar product. VectaStar is the most technically advanced PMP microwave product on the market today, according to the company, offering capacity of 300Mb/s per link and up to 2.4Gb/s per hub site.
The total cost of ownership savings offered by VectaStar were also referenced in the report, which can provide savings of up to 50% compared to point-to-point technologies - significantly reducing the cost per megabyte.
Lionel Chmilewsky, CEO at CBNL, said: ‘Along with the enormous promise of LTE and small cell networks, the increase in data traffic and contrasting deployment scenarios of small cells demand operators review their approach to backhaul. The predicted growth of PMP validates the technology as a highly suitable backhaul solution for next generation networks and we expect VectaStar to continue playing a leading role.
‘It’s great news that CBNL has consolidated such a strong market leading position. This reflects the company’s recent growth into new markets, commitment to customers and our investment in developing products and services closely in line with customer requirements.
‘The recent launch of VectaStar Metro completes a product and services portfolio which is tailored to meet operator’s needs across enterprise access, macro and small cell mobile backhaul networks. This places the company in a very strong position to continue leading the market in the years to come,’ said Chmilewsky.
CBNL is a privately-held company with its headquarters in Cambridge, UK, and offices in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Dubai and manufacturing facilities in China. Its VectaStar range supplies solutions for enterprise access, macro or small cell backhaul.